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FC Barcelona News: 4 January 2016; Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal Registered, Neymar Wins Samba Gold

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Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal available for Barcelona - ESPN FC
Barca were prohibited from registering new signings for two consecutive transfer windows after breaching FIFA rules on youth transfers but they bought Turan from Atletico Madrid and Vidal from Sevilla in the summer with the intention of registering them on Jan. 4.

Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal receive their jersey numbers | FC Barcelona
Now, six seemingly interminable months later, the pair are set to officially become part of the squad. With Turan and Vidal training regularly but unable to play in games due to the now infamous FIFA sanction, the two were afforded plenty of time to ponder the critical issue of which numbers they would wear on their shirts this season.

Barcelona woes should be eased by Aleix Vidal Arda Turan - ESPN FC
When Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi are capable of scoring 180 goals combined in a calendar year, it is easy to understand why Barcelona would rely so heavily upon them. Yet even that extraterrestrial trio can't do everything all the time. So it was that after 18 rounds of the 2015-16 La Liga season, Espanyol became the first side to prevent every member of the Blaugrana's starting strike force from finding the net.

The Barcelona derby stalemate, by the numbers | FC Barcelona
The visitors dominated proceedings but a stubborn Espanyol defence, and the woodwork, stood in the way of a Barça win which sees the world champions drop to second place behind Atlético Madrid. Here is a look at the most interesting stats and facts from the match.

Neymar Jr wins second consecutive Samba Gold for best Brazilian in Europe | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr has won the Samba Gold trophy for the second year in a row. This is the trophy presented since 2008 to the best Brazilian player in Europe, for which the Barça striker gathered a massive 37.8% of the votes from a shortlist of 30 players from the South American country, which also included Rafinha and Dani Alves. He was followed in the ranking by Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa (13%) and Inter Milan’s Felipe Melo (9.3%).

Enrique named IFFHS Best Coach | Football Espana
Barcelona’s Luis Enrique has been named the World’s Best Club Coach of 2015 by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). The 44-year-old won the award by a considerable margin with 165 points, almost twice as many as outgoing Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, who only mustered 86.

Neymar did not suffer racist chants - Espanyol president - ESPN FC
Espanyol's president has denied claims that Barcelona star Neymar was the target of racial abuse from club supporters during the Catalan derby between the two sides over the weekend. Andrea Iniesta told reporters after the game that he had heard racist chanting "in one corner, in the first half, from one supporter."

Rival watch: Atlético snare top spot; Real Madrid draw at Valencia | FC Barcelona
As feared, FC Barcelona's scoreless draw at Cornellà-El Prat on Saturday versus Espanyol allowed Atlético de Madrid to take over the top spot during Week 18 in La Liga. Barça and Atlético had been even on points, with the Catalans in first on goal differential, but this weekend's results had deep repercussions for both teams.

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